5 - 9 p.m. April 11, 2014


This Friday, photographer Bruce Schultz will give an Artist Perspective talk on _Photography and the American Civil War, and Keith Weldon Medley will discuss the role of Faubourg? Tremé during the Civil War and Reconstruction and the impact of the New Orleans based Supreme Court case of Plessy v. Ferguson.

  • 5-8 p.m. Art on the Spot
  • 5:30-8:30 p.m.: Music by Sam Kohler New Music Ensemble
  • 6 p.m.: Lecture by Keith Weldon Medley, “Emancipation in Tremé!”
  • 7:30 p.m.: Artist Perspective with photographer Bruce Schultz, “Silver and Cyanide: The Alchemy of Making Photographic Images in the Civil War Era”

About the Sam Kohler New Music Ensemble

Founded in 2013, the Sam Kohler New Music Ensemble is the only of its kind in the state of Louisiana. Since its inception, it has quickly pushed itself to the forefront of the classical music scene in New Orleans. Made up of high school, college, and professional musicians, its goal is to champion new works by contemporary composers. In its inaugural season, the ensemble will tour Louisiana with works by Sam Kohler, Jamie Koffler, Lee Kohler, and others.

About Keith Weldon Medley

Keith Weldon Medley is the author of WE AS FREEMEN Plessy v. Ferguson – The Fight against Legal Segregation (Pelican Publishing Company; 2003, 2012). He is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana and a two-time recipient of Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities’ Publication Initiative Grants. As a freelance writer, he has compiled over one-hundred writings on Louisiana’s history and culture including two reports in Smithsonian magazine. In January 2013, Mr. Medley was the lecturer for the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation in New Orleans. His writings and photographs have also appeared in American Legacy, Louisiana Cultural Vistas, Historic Preservation, New Orleans Tribune, Times-Picayune, Southern Exposure, and many other publications.

About Bruce Schultz

Bruce Schultz, who uses the same materials and methods of nineteenth century photographers, will walk visitors through Photography and the American Civil War and explain how photography evolved, and provide details of the photographers and the images they made during the Civil War. He will provide background material on many of the displayed tintypes, ambrotypes and prints to tell how they were displayed. In addition, he will have examples of period images and his own work that can be viewed firsthand.

Schultz, a Lafayette-based photographer, uses nineteenth century photographic wet-plate technology to make glass negatives, ambrotypes and tintypes with the same equipment and chemical formulas used in the 1800s.

He often attends living history events, such as Civil War reenactments, to capture images just as they were made 150 years ago. His work is not limited to historic imagery, however, and his contemporary-era work has been shown in several New Orleans galleries.

He began photography more than 30 years ago with film, but since 2007, he has pursued wet-plate photography to achieve a unique means of expression.